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Chapter 13. PRIVACY AND THE LAW: 2001 > Other Influences on Legislation

Other Influences on Legislation

The legislative process works formally as we have outlined previously: introduction of bill, committee processing, floor debate and vote, and so on. What isn't as clear from the flow is the time scale involved. It's normally quite long. A bill may be introduced in one Congress, be discussed and die or be resurrected in a later Congress, be debated again and, perhaps, pass. A Congress is a two-year period. It's defined by the elections to the House of Representatives. Two Congresses are in each Presidential term.

With the long time periods involved, there are many opportunities for discussion and deliberation. There are many sources of information that feed informally into the process in addition to those of the formal committee processes.


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